Congratulations on being called to the
Sacrament of Marriage!
Marriage is the center of Catholic family life and the vocation through which most people live out their baptismal commitment. The Church rejoices with you as you approach the sacrament of marriage and wishes to support you in living your married life to the fullest.
Cultural influences today can work against personal development for healthy Christian marriage and a lifetime commitment. The Catholic Church wants your marriage to succeed and offers you the building blocks with which to build a solid foundation for your marriage. The cornerstones begin now, during your engagement. Our Diocese offers key steps of proven, effective and successful marriage preparation to engaged couples in order to prepare them for entering and living out the sacrament of marriage. Among the key elements are an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, both as individuals and as a couple, and good formation based on strong educational programs on the sacrament of matrimony.
Our Diocesan marriage preparation process, the steps of which you will be provided, will give you the spiritual resources and practical tools you need for a strong and healthy marriage, not only as newly married, but for a lifetime.
Most weddings take place on Saturday or Friday afternoons, although other arrangements can be made. There are certain days of the year when weddings are not allowed. Also, on certain feasts of the Church year, a wedding that takes place during Mass must use the readings assigned to that day. Weddings without Mass do not have this restriction.
For weddings scheduled on a Saturday, the latest we can start the ceremony is 1:30 PM. This allows the church to be cleared by 3:00 to accommodate preparations for the afternoon Mass. Friday weddings do not have the same time restrictions.
Rehearsals are usually scheduled the evening prior to the wedding date.
Confirmation of Wedding Dates
Weddings can be tentatively scheduled for a chosen date but are not finalized until the couple has an initial meeting with a member of the parish staff.
Fees for Weddings:
The Diocese requires the parish to ask for a $75 fee when scheduling a wedding. This fee will be collected at the initial meeting with parish staff.
Process of Preparation: